miércoles, 9 de octubre de 2013

Over 25 detained in Mexico for murders, kidnappings, including 13 policemen

Mexican authorities detained in the western state of Guerrero 18 individuals including 13 Federal policemen, suspected of running a kidnapping gang and sought for at least seven murders and four kidnappings, media reported on 8 October, citing declarations by the country's security affairs spokesman Eduardo Sánchez Hernandez. He said the gang was thought involved in a range of activities including drug trafficking and "organised crime," Proceso reported. The review observed that Mr Sánchez "admitted" the policemen were caught not for any state investigations but following revelations made by members of the public. In the northern state of Durango, police detained  on 1 October three women suspected to have kidnapped two children aged 5 and 11 in late September, then holding them in Parral in the northern state of Chihuahua, Proceso reported on 8 October. The suspects and two men kidnapped the children in a restaurant on 23 September as they ate with their family; the men had yet to be found, Proceso reported. In the north-eastern state of Nuevo León police detained six suspected members of a gang thought involved in 34 killings there including the shooting death of a police officer in the district of Apodaca, Proceso reported on 8 October. Authorities believed the gang killed its victims between August 2012 and September 2013, mostly in the districts of Santa Catarina, García and San Pedro in that state.